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International Week at 2018 organised by the Language Department

In the Modern Foreign Languages department at LGGS we aim to develop the pupils' ability to communicate confidently and effectively in French, German and Spanish and there is also the opportunity for pupils to try other languages in after school clubs (Portuguese, Latin) and during the school’s International Week.  We also increase pupils’ cultural awareness of the countries where the language is spoken, whether through project work, music, links with other countries or day-to-day classroom teaching and learning.  The interactive nature of the classes plays a significant role in pupils' social and cultural development as it encourages openness and social confidence. Through immersion in the language in the classroom pupils develop their speaking and listening skills at an accelerated pace, and gain a firm groundng in grammar through learning rules and language patterns in context.

There are regular opportunities for pupils to practise their language skills beyond the classroom, too, through participating in residential trips and exchanges with our partner schools abroad, where lasting friendships are often formed.  We also encourage our pupils to participate in language events beyond the classroom.  For example, last year we once again seized the opportunity to write poems in a foreign language for the Routes into Languages “Mother Tongue Other Tongue” competition having celebrated pupils winning first prize in this on three occasions, and at sixth form we offer pupils the chance to compete in the EC Juvenes Translatores competition.  Furthermore, LGGS were delighted to enter several pupils into the 2017 Linguistics Olympiad competition with many gaining commendations and bronze certificates for excellent scores. We also subscribe to Mary Glasgow languages magazines and we have a fully stocked resources room where pupils are encouraged to borrow books and DVDs in foreign languages.

If you require any further details, please contact:
Ms Whitehouse, Head of Languages


How It Works

French, German and Spanish are offered to GCSE and A-level. In Year 7, pupils study German and Spanish for two hours per fortnight and French for three hours per fortnight. Girls can then opt to continue with two languages into year 8 and year 9. All pupils must take at least one modern foreign language at GCSE, but many opt for two. We follow the AQA course for both GCSE and A-level.  Following the success of our after school club in Portuguese we also have a few girls studying towards their GCSE Portuguese. At A-level we are fortunate enough to have three qualified teachers who are native speakers and who offer 30 minute speaking sessions to smaller groups of girls on a weekly basis.

GCSE Exam Specification Links


Languages are a popular choice in the sixth form, and are often studied alongside sciences as well as other arts based subjects.  Pupils often continue in their studies of French, German and Spanish but also enjoy taking up new languages at university such as Russian, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese and Polish, or as part of other courses such as Law, Medicine, Chemistry and Business.  We maintain good links with our alumnae and year 9 have enjoyed reading a blog by two of our former Hispanists whilst they were on their year abroad in Spain:

Useful Links

Below is a list of websites which are useful for practising all languages.  For language specific sites, go to the individual language pages.


An excellent online dictionary and language forum for French, German and Spanish.
Conjugates verbs into all tenses.
Make yourself some vocabulary puzzles with this site.
An excellent site for all levels and languages, although only free between 4pm and 9am


A very good website for practising vocabulary, with interactive activities, worksheets and wordlists. Ask your teacher for the username and password.
Interactive self-marking exercises.
A BBC website designed to help you improve your languages. You could even teach yourself a bit of Italian or Portuguese!
An interactive resource created by the government to make learning languages more fun. Use it to practise your languages and create an account to compete with other students across the country!
Wide range of games to practise the vocabulary covered in your textbook.
Good website of mainly vocabulary games divided by topic in Spanish, German and Polish! It also has a great websites list for more useful links.

KS4 GCSE Revision
Part of the GCSE Bitesize course, tailored to help you revise effectively for the reading and speaking examinations.
Topic based revision for GCSE including listening & reading exercises in French and German. Use this website to access past GCSE papers for your reading and listening examinations.

Access previous past papers.
Learning platform for A-level text book (for 2018 entry)


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